Myths & Facts on DOH Massage Exams


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This material aims to debunk all negative notions about the Philippine Department of Health Massage Licensure Examinations.

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Myths & Facts on DOH Massage Exams

  1. 1. How SPAMT Helps Provide Solutions By Benjamin Eugenio Jr LMT
  2. 2. Wellness Trend (Global & Local) Massage & wellness is a growing trend locally & internationally Locally, many massage parlors sprouted affecting legitimate spa establishments DOH has a mandate to protect public health
  3. 3. Wellness Trend (Global & Local) First law on massage, PD 856, Sec. 13 Latest DOH Directive, Adm. Order 201o-0034 Deadline for compliance to “No massage license, no massage practice”- December 2014(CEMT Res. 2011- 001)
  4. 4. Application Requirements forDOH Massage Licensure Exams At least, 18 years of age At least, a high school graduate Must undergo training at a DOH accredited training institution (120 hours) Must pass DOH written & practical examinations Must renew massage license every 3 years
  5. 5. Myths (haka-haka) on DOH Exams Myth #1: Massage lesson & exam is TOO DIFFICULT Myth #2: Massage training schedule AFFECTS work Myth #3: Massage training & licensure is EXPENSIVE Myth #4: Massage therapist will LEAVE SPA once licensed Myth #5: Massage therapist to DEMAND higher pay Myth #6: DOH massage directives can be ignored
  6. 6. Myth #1: Massage Lesson & Examis TOO DIFFICULT Facts:1. Training material covering 5 subjects has been reduced by DOH from 444 to 144 pages2. HiMAS Tagalog-English training material is available3. Only qualified trainers conduct classes
  7. 7. Myth #1: Massage Lesson & Examis TOO DIFFICULT Facts:4. DOH test questions are given in English & Filipino5. DOH oral exams are mostly done in Filipino6. Blind from HiMAS Topped both Written & Practical Exams7. On several occasions, unschooled, blind massage therapists passed the exams
  8. 8. Myth #2: Massage TrainingSchedule AFFECTS workFacts:1. Minimum no. of hrs of training is 1202. Pacing of class depends on students3. Most classes are done half-days (8 thru 12 noon) M-W-F or T-Th-S4. If a student do not pass, a Deferment Option may take place
  9. 9. Myth #3: Massage Training &Licensure is EXPENSIVE Fact:1. Considering the quality training hours, trainers available & lessons learned- whole exercise is VERY AFFORDABLE2. To those financially-challenged, SPAMT is the ULTIMATE Solution (to be discussed later)
  10. 10. Myth #4: Massage Therapist willLEAVE SPA once licensed Facts:1. For as long as the therapist agrees to sign contract with the spa, he or she cannot just leave2. DOH may not renew massage license if the spa operator files a valid complaint
  11. 11. What is Unique Payment Scheme (UPS) All qualified therapist shall pay only:  P299 as enrolment fee  P199 as daily training fee (min. of 20 days)  The rest of the balance may be paid through  HiMAS spa or office service (4 is to P100)  Referral of students (CMT or Preparatory School) (1 is to P300)  Plus miscellaneous and DOH fees
  12. 12. Myth #5: Massage Therapist toDemand Higher PayFacts:1. DOH expressly encourages spa owners & therapists to communicate & agree on certain terms2. Once licensed, most often, the take home (tip) of a therapist increases
  13. 13. Myth #6: DOH Directive Can BeIgnoredFacts:1. The law is clear: a massage therapist must be registered (PD 856, AO 2010-0034)2. Non-compliance may result to: disruption of business operations or possible closure3. Loss of investments
  14. 14. What is SPAMT* and how it canhelp? SPAMT is acronym for Special Staggered-Payment Arrangement for Massage Therapists  An original concept from HiMAS Initially, there shall be at 3 least recipients per spa (to help accommodate other spas)
  15. 15. What does SPAMT assures? Quality & internationally-inspired massage training Highly qualified trainers Ten (10) years of training experience Best school facilities & training curriculum Automatic membership to International Massage Association of the Philippines (IMAP) Possible job employment abroad (after “finish- contract”)
  16. 16. What are SPAMT applicationrequirements? Between 18 years old & 29 years old At least a high school graduate Massage therapist for not less than two (2) years Endorsed by his or her spa employer Willing to follow school rules & regulations Willing to surrender his or her DOH License unless everything is fully settled
  17. 17. What an applicant must submit?  Accomplished SPAMT Application Letter & Form  Photos (7 pcs 2x2 with name, 2 pcs 1 x1) (for DOH)  Resume or biodata  NBI clearance (for DOH)  Birth certificate (for DOH)  Endorsement from spa authorities
  18. 18. SPAMT Screening Process 1) A paper review 2) Actual massage evaluation 3) Final interview 4) Approval & start of training
  19. 19. General Course OutlineAnatomy & Physiology General & Organ System Anatomy & PhysiologyMicrobiology & Pathology General Microbiology & PathologyMassage Therapy 1 Fundamental Concepts on MassageMassage Therapy 2 Massage Therapy Application/ Licensure Performance ProtocolMassage Therapy 3 Practice of Massage Therapy